The Brave New Foundation’s Cuéntame presents the latest in its collection called “An Honest Conversation,” stories about LGBT Latino youth and their friends, families, and communities. This video features the Morenos, a fervently Catholic Latino family in Arizona in which both brother and sister faced the struggle of coming out as gay to their parents. In the end, they agree that despite its challenges, their coming out strengthened the family’s union, because “this is all we have, the family.”
Brave New Foundation (BNF) has launched a new campaign that lets you vote for who you think is the most dangerous member of the top 1 percent. Included among the nominees are oil billionaires and right-wing magnates Charles & David Koch, JP MorganChase CEO Jamie Rubin, and Goldman Sachs’s Lloyd Blankfein. Brave New Foundation will make a series of videos investigating the members of the one percent who get the most votes. BNF has made a promotional video for the campaign. Watch it:
Last year the Corrections Corporation of America(CCA), the nation’s largest private prison company, received $74 million of taxpayers’ money to run immigration detention centers. Their largest facility in Lumpkin, Georgia, receives $200 a night for each of the 2,000 detainees it holds, and rakes in yearly profits between $35 million and $50 million.
Prisoners held in this remote facility depend on the prison’s phones to communicate with their lawyers and loved ones. Exploiting inmates’ need, CCA charges detainees here $5 per minute to make phone calls. Yet the prison only pays inmates who work at the facility $1 a day. At that rate, it would take five days to pay for just one minute.
Watch this report on the conditions Stewart detainees face:
CCA’s abuse doesn’t stop at outrageously priced phone services. One woman reported that her diabetic husband does not receive enough food, so she has to deposit money for him to buy more. Occupy Nashville recently protested outside of the company by holding a “human auction” to illustrate how CCA profits off of human suffering.
As Alternet points out, in the past few years, CCA has spent $14.8 million “lobbying for anti-immigration laws to ensure they have continuous access to fresh inmates and keep their money racket going.” Recent anti-immigration laws in Alabama and Georgia keep their facilities full and CCA profits high.
Since more prisoners translate into more profit, private prisons like CCA continually push lawmakers to enact harsher policies and longer sentences, according to a report by Justice Policy Institute (JPI).
The producers at “Koch Brothers Exposed” have another documentary piece on the environmental and health impact of operations run by Koch Industries. This piece examines the toxic waste water pouring out of a Koch-owned Georgia Pacific plant near Crossett, Arkansas — which residents say is boosting cancer rates and killing people in the community.
Watch on and consider the implications of a “wholesale rollback” of environmental regulations that leading Presidential candidates are proposing — with the backing of the Kochs and the Koch-fueled Tea Party.